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"Glenallen Hill, Wrigley Field, May 11, 2000" |"Ted Williams, Fenway Park, June 9, 1946" |"Mickey Mantle, Yankee Stadium, May 22, 1963" |"Barry Bonds, Angels Stadium, Oct. 26, 2002" |"David Ortiz, Fenway Park, May 1, 2006" |Albert Pujols 10/17/2005 |"Richie Sexson, Bank One Ballpark, April 26, 2004" |"Ryan Howard, Citizens Bank Park, June 20, 2006" |"Reggie Jackson, 1971 All-Star Game, Tiger Stadium, July 13, |"Roberto Clemente, Forbes Field, May 31, 1964" |"Mark McGwire, Jacobs Field, April 30, 1997" |"Daryle Ward, PNC Park, July 6, 2002" |"Mark McGwire, Busch Stadium, May 16, 1998" |"Manny Ramirez, SkyDome, June 3, 2001" |"David Ortiz, 2004 All Star Game, Houston, TX" |"Andres Galarraga, Pro Player Stadium 1997" |"Juan Encarnacion, Yankee Stadium" |"Jose Canseco, Skydome"
 
"Andres Galarraga, Pro Player Stadium 1997"
Andres Galarraga was known as the "Big Cat", or "El Gran Gato" during his 20 year major league career, during which he knocked 399 career homers for 7 different teams. His most renowned homer, a grand-slam off Florida's Kevin Brown on May 31, 1997 at Pro Player Stadium, has entered MLB lore as one of the longest homers ever, having been "estimated" at first 579 feet, and later a more modest 529 feet. But how far did that memorable home run really go? First, the observation details: the ball landed in the 20th row of the upper deck in LF at Pro Player, a spot which was 404 feet horizontally from home plate and 82 feet above field level, 13 degrees inside the LF line. The time of flight was 4.97 seconds, and the weather was 87 degrees, with a 13 mph wind blowing roughly right to left. Using these inputs, Hit Tracker determines that the Big Cat's famous homer came off the bat at 117.9 mph, and would have covered 461 feet if it had made it all the way back to field level. How could anyone have thought it would have flown 579 feet, or even 529 feet? That is hard to say for sure, but it is probably a combination of people not understanding how steeply fly balls descend at the end of their flight (due to air resistance), and people thinking the upper deck at Pro Player is farther from home plate, and perhaps higher, than it actually is. Overestimates also tend to come about when people think they've seen something very uncommon, but homers into the upper deck at (now) Dolphins Stadium are anything but rare: in the one and a half seasons between April 2006 and July, 2007, 11 homers were hit into the upper deck, including one by Cody Ross on Sept. 11, 2006 that covered 460 feet. So let's give Galarraga credit for a very long homer, but it was not anything close to 500 feet...


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